Marilyn Reichert

Marilyn Reichert


Marilyn Reichert, nee Frankel, age 83, passed away May 7, 2019. 

Beloved wife of 59 years of the late David Reichert, devoted mother of James Reichert of Mount Kisco, New York, Steven Reichert of Tenafly, New Jersey and William Reichert of Dubai, United Arab Emerites; dear sister of Richard Frankel of Honolulu, Hiwaii; loving grandmother of Sydney, Shane, Samuel, Harrison, Alexander, David and Cecilia Reichert.

She was born in Cincinnati on Jan. 12, 1936, to Naomi and Gilbert Frankel. Marilyn graduated Walnut Hills High School and Bryn Mawr College, where she was magna cum laude and awarded a full scholarship. She worked in marketing for several years at P&G until leaving to became a full-time mother, devoting herself to raising her three sons. In her 40s she reinvented herself going back to school and receiving a master's at Xavier University. She then became director of the Skirball Museum at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion overseeing the collection and numerous special exhibits.

Marilyn joined the Gallery for Arts and Artifacts as the director in 1987. She was instrumental in the transition to the Skirball Center which opened in 1990 and served as the director until she retired in 1999. Marilyn worked with designers and guest curators in the planning for the new Skirball Center. In 1993 she spearheaded a membership drive in which nationally known artist and Cincinnati local Jim Dine was the featured speaker. The membership drive was tremendously successful and significantly raised community awareness of the Skirball. 

Marilyn also focused on the docent program implementing weekly volunteer training. The program consisted of two parts: the first part having HUC professors discuss the collection; the second part was speaking about the artifacts and exhibits during tours.

She was a dedicated runner and practiced ballet daily, which made her unusually strong. She was a world traveler having visited every continent except Antarctica.

Memorial services Sunday, June 2, 11:30 a.m. at Rockdale Temple. Visitation begins at the Temple at 10:30 a.m. Friends may call on the family from 2-5 p.m. at the Reichert residence, 2412 Ingleside Avenue No. 6C, Cincinnati, Ohio., 45206.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Marilyn & David Reichert Sacred Music Fund at Rockdale Temple. Donations can be made at, using the donation link.